Curriculum

Pediatrics Residency

Didactic Conferences

  • UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital (WCH) are equipped with teleconferencing facilities that are offered on both campuses, providing residents with greater access to the educational conferences listed below. Lectures are recorded and also available to residents via live streaming at any time and on their personal surface pros provided by the children’s hospital at the start of residency. Since the pandemic we have been using zoom with greater frequency, therefore trainees have the option to utilize zoom or attend in-person (if they are on-site).
  • Noon lectures are offered daily and cover the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications in an 18-month cycle so that residents will cover the entire curriculum twice during their three years of residency. Noon lectures encompass both specialty as well as general and preventive pediatrics topics. The latter is based on Bright Futures guidelines. In addition, we have an advocacy session scheduled every other month. This is facilitated by our advocacy resident champions under the guidance of the community and societal pediatrics division.
  • Morning report happens twice-weekly (morning report discussion is resident-led and attended by faculty)
  • Grand rounds are offered weekly, all PGY 3 residents present grand rounds as a required component of their scholarly activity
  • Evidenced-based medicine (EBM) or journal club occurs monthly and is mentored by faculty with both interns and residents participating, thus ensuring longitudinal EBM exposure
  • Board review sessions are also arranged throughout the year. These are taught by faculty and coordinated by a senior resident with dedicated faculty supervision.
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality conferences - presented by residents and led by pediatric critical care faculty
  • Combined pediatric critical care - emergency medicine conferences are also held periodically to discuss a case from initial presentation through management in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Other didactics include perinatology conferences for those working at UF Health Jacksonville. In addition, quarterly quality improvement (QI) and scholarship meetings are held as part of the curriculum to provide didactics and review basic concepts related to QI and scholarship, such as working through a PDSA cycle, navigating the IRB and reviewing and providing guidance for ongoing projects. These are taught by designated faculty members with expertise in these areas.
  • We also have a dedicated quarterly ethics noon conference lecture/discussion series taught by the children’s hospital bio-ethicist. The curriculum is based on the AAP Section/Committee on Bioethics guidelines.
  • Quarterly lectures on the business of medicine taught by the same faculty responsible for the medical economics elective. These were incorporated based on alumni feedback.
  • As part of our regular didactic curriculum, we will now also offer monthly conferences on medical economics. These will be in addition to three, 1.5 hour evening zoom sessions each year, that focus on contract negotiation, medical malpractice and financial planning. These are all taught by professionals with expertise in these areas.

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a major change in the way we conducted our conferences routinely with everything resorting to zoom. However, currently, we have resumed all noon conferences and morning report which can be attended in-person or via zoom (for those off-site). Grand Rounds remain via zoom only for the foreseeable future.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Mock code simulations supervised by critical care faculty
  • Monthly case based simulation supervised by pediatric hospitalists
  • Patient safety, delivering bad news, neonatal resuscitation and emergency department procedural simulation trainings both at UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital
  • Point of care ultrasound training in the neonatal ICU, UF emergency department and dedicated radiology elective

Leadership Development Program

We offer free leadership training opportunities to all UF residents and fellows. Residents have unlimited access to a catalog of e-learning courses through HealthStream. There are many courses relevant to leadership, personal and professional development. There are no limitations to the number of courses a resident can do throughout his/her training. Residents can complete courses at their own pace, whenever convenient for them, including on the admin rotation.

Residents who would like a more structured leadership training experience have access to our newest program, TalentTracks. This program offers self-paced, structured learning courses which are based on the level of the learner (i.e. emerging, new or experienced leader), under the guidance of an assigned coach through the University of Florida Office of Training and Development. Participants have a year to complete this track. This longitudinal program is perfect for the resident who is interested in a career in academic medicine and is a free, easily accessible resource for all faculty and trainees.

Scholarship Initiatives Available Through Community Advocacy or Clinical Outcomes-Based Quality Improvement Initiatives

All of our residents participate in either a community advocacy or a clinical outcomes-based quality improvement project. IRB approved scholarship projects are also possible. These consist mostly of case series, survey studies and retrospective chart reviews. Local, regional and national opportunities are available to residents through both the community advocacy initiative and the clinical outcomes experiences. The Office of Educational Affairs also provides opportunities for residents to participate in an advanced quality improvement and patient safety certificate program to further enhance their skills in these areas. Participation in the basic QI/PS program is now required for all trainees.

The program provides support in terms of conference leave as well as educational stipends for residents to enable them to present their scholarly projects at local, regional and national meetings. Over the past 5 years, our residents have presented at meetings such as:

  • AAP Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology
  • AAP National Conference and Exhibition
  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
  • AMA Research Symposium
  • American Society for Sports Medicine
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors
  • CDC National Immunization Conference
  • CHOP Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease
  • Duval County Medical Society
  • Florida Chapter of the AAP
  • International Breastfeeding Conference
  • Pediatric Academic Societies
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference
  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium
  • Southern Society for Pediatric Research (SSPR)
  • Vermont Oxford Network

Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research (CSESaR)

Residents are exposed to common pediatric procedures through our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Residents perform procedures under the instruction and supervision of both pediatric and emergency medicine physicians and participate in simulated learning experiences.

Rotations

Rotations unique to our program include:

  • Care of the Medically Complex Child
    The Bower Lyman Center for Medically Complex Children provides primary care services to children with chronic or complex medical diagnoses involving multiple organ systems or who require life-sustaining technology. The resident will see children from infancy to young adulthood for both routine and sick visits, work with an interdisciplinary team of medical providers, nurse care coordinators, and social workers to provide comprehensive care to children and their families, and learn about the outpatient and community resources available to these families.
  • JaxHATS
    Residents will spend time with the Jacksonville Health and Transition Services (JaxHATS) Program to learn about the care of youth and young adults with special health care needs (YYASHCN) as they move from pediatric to adult based care. JaxHATS is a primary care medical home for youth ages 13 to 23 years of age, which focuses on both their medical and non-medical needs, including but not limited to social, personal, environmental, economic and educational needs. Residents will learn about innovative community collaborations and also spend time with the Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PAIDD).

Learn more about our residency program’s clinical rotations for each year: